Canadian National continues to be plagued by wildfires

Written by David C. Lester, Managing Editor
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The wildfire challenges in British Columbia continue to be major headaches for CN and CP, and are having an economic impact due to the resulting backlog of traffic at the Port of Vancouver.

Canadian National train operation has again been shut down at the request of the BC Wildfire Service between Kamloops and Lytton, B.C., because of wildfires along this important line. This line is particularly important because it feeds traffic to and from the Port of Vancouver.

Bloomberg reports that a Canadian Pacfiic spokesman said “Wildfire and firefighting activity east of Lytton, B.C., impacted train operations in the region Tuesday evening and part of Wednesday. In consultation with BC Wildfire Service, CP began moving trains through the area on the afternoon of July 14.”

A CN spokesman also said “There are also fires raging very close to our track on the Lillooet running from Vancouver to Prince George via Squamish, and as a result, we will not be running a train today on that line.”

RT&S will provide coverage of this situation as it continues to evolve.

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